Now, get ready - this post is longgggg - so sorry. This is a rather labor intensive salad (which should be an oxymoron), so be prepared......
Wedgie Salad with Come Hither Dressing
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Ketchup
4 Tbs Grated Onion
1 tsp (or more if you'd like!) Cayenne Pepper
Combine and chill for several hours - we use this dressing all the time, so there is always a recycled dressing container with some in it.
*Fun little history - this dressing/sauce originated in Mississippi, and it's really called Comeback Sauce - not many folks know about it*
Cored Iceberg lettuce, cut in half, then cut into thirds - you should have 6 total "wedges"
1 slice crumbled bacon per salad
Fried Onion Strings - recipe to follow.
Place your wedge of lettuce on a plate, bowl, whatever vessel you are serving this delectable item in. Spoon about two tablespoons of sauce of the lettuce. Pile with cucumber, tomato, bacon and onions. I like to try and stack mine as high as possible - making for a more eye appealing presentation.
Nowwww, for the fried onion strings..... These little yummies are addicting, so be careful.
Begin by preheating a dutch oven of oil.... lots and lots. We're deep frying here, so be generous.
Fill a bowl with some milk - about two + cups, followed by an acid of some sort. I used about half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Let it sit and "marry" while you slice your onion.
Now, slice your onions real thin, like really thin - add them to the milky-ness.... I let mine sit while I go do something, like get the mail, water the flowers, etc.
Come back and add the onions to a bowl of this mixture: one and half cups of flour, one and a half cups of self-rising corn meal, pepper and salt to taste.
Coat them well with flour with a set of tongs - and prepare to fry!
Drop them into the oil, which should be preheated to 375˚ - I don't use a thermometer, I just guesstimate. Don't go anywhere while these little babies are in their hot tub - they cook rather quickly - maybe 30 seconds? Take them out with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
Keep going until you have done all your onions - I usually do about two onions - one onion yields plenty!
|This is what you should end up with - a HUGE pile of onions.|
Sprinkle with a tinge of salt, and ENJOY!
We (my family) love this salad. And, it's summer time - perfect weather for a cold salad on a hot day!
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do.